Sally Jane Black’s review published on Letterboxd:
The post-apocalyptic stories had to have felt different in the height of the Cold War. The looming apocalypse today feels different because the warnings are not coming from the ruling class. We're not being fear-mongered by people who own the media, schools, and government. It's coming from the people, from scientists, from workers, from activists, from indigenous people, from everyone but the ruling class. It's not about fighting against ominous nuclear threats, but the ravage of climate change.
And you can feel it in the narratives. Even though this film posits the apocalypse as ecological, the feel of it is still nuclear. The scouring winds, the mutations (and uh the ableist portrayal of the mutants), the feeling of a self-made doom that pervades it. This is what the possible impending nuclear war inspired. (Instead, a different apocalypse hit the Soviet Union--the capitalists won and devoured the working class, stripped them of everything they had gained, including healthcare, higher wages, and equal pay, to name just a few. The economic apocalypse killed millions as the traitors paid by the U.S. capitalist class rigged the elections, ignored the will of the people, and wallowed in their blood money.)
This film uses color filter techniques, constant noise, and intense performances to convey its mood, its themes, its terror. It captures the impending doom of 1989, and it scours the eyes as it does so.